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Southern California - February 27, 2014

This report covers conditions and observations made on Wednesday, February 26, 2014.

Today’s photos for the southern region show the developing nutlets for the Sonora emerging from their jackets in Kern County, followed by the receding bloom of the Nonpareil and Sonora and a grower protecting his orchard against fungal infections in the Madera area of Madera County just after sunrise.

Overcast skies blanketed the southern San Joaquin Valley on Wednesday, covering the region throughout the day as the fairly vigorous storm system approached California. Scattered showers roamed through the region’s northern areas during the day, generally dropping trace amounts of rain, with heaviest accumulations reaching to as much as 0.2 inch. The showers were accompanied by winds of 10 to 15 mph in the Madera and Fresno County areas and along the west side, while winds in Kern and Tulare County where at more calm levels, from 5 to 10 mph. Morning low temperatures were reported predominately in the lower 50’s with coolest locations dropping just below the 50 degree mark, while afternoon maximum readings were much more stable, ranging from the low to mid 60’s.

Bee flight was negatively impacted by the darkened skies and scattered showers in the northern areas of the region, where observers reported only 2 to 3 hours of poor activity in the orchards. While marginally better conditions in the Kern and Tulare County areas provided for a longer period of activity, with 3 to 5 hours of flight reported, observers noted that the intensity of the bee’s labor was quite reduced and could only be described as poor.

The bloom of the Nonpareil and California type varieties, as well as the Carmel and Monterey all declined sharply on Wednesday in the face of pressure from the stormy conditions impacting the southern San Joaquin Valley’s orchards. Observers reported a virtual cascade of petals dropping from the trees with the decline in the proportion of viable flowers available on these varieties and a corresponding increase in the proportion of flowers moving into the jacket stage. The late blooming Butte leads the Padre, with Butte having moved beyond its peak bloom and the Padre quickly reaching its zenith. While these late blooming types were presenting the greatest proportion of viable bloom in the region, observers noted much like their predecessors, they were also shedding petals even as the approached their peak.

Conditions

High Temperature: 65°F
Low Temperature: 49°F
Wind: 10 to 15 mph in northern areas, 5 to 10 mph in south.
Rain: Trace to 0.2 inch in northern areas during the day. Up to 0.4 inch after sunset.
Sky Conditions: Overcast All Day.
Bee Activity: 2 to 3 Hours of poor activity in northern areas. 3 to 5 Hours of poor activity in south.
Current weather at the National Weather Service
    


Photos: Ernie Reichmuth and Matt Willson, 2/27/14
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Bloom Status


Dormant
Green Tip
Pink Bud
Popcorn
Bloom
Petal Fall
Jacket
Out of Jacket
Sonora
0%
0%
0%
0%
3%
16%
77%
4%
Nonpareil
0%
0%
0%
0%
18%
47%
35%
0%
California
0%
0%
0%
0%
22%
39%
38%
1%
Carmel
0%
0%
0%
0%
44%
47%
9%
0%
Monterey
0%
0%
0%
0%
38%
50%
12%
0%
Butte
0%
0%
0%
2%
75%
20%
3%
0%
Padre
0%
0%
3%
12%
79%
6%
0%
0%
Data reflects a composite of the growing region